St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,567
Ranked #15,714
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: In ancient times libations were drink offerings poured out to deities. This Double IPA combines a variety of hop flavors balanced by a malty sweetness. We offer you our Libation, a drink truly fit for the gods.
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Reviews by Bwise73:
Photo of Bwise73
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer because it's a local craft brew. I drank a can that was in the fridge for 4 hours and thought it was nasty. I drank this beer at cold cellar temp, about 48 degrees and loved it. I had it at room temp about 60degrees. And liked. I would recommend drinking this beer at 45-55 degrees. Poring it into a Pilsner glass, it has a big head, takes a little time to go down then I pour the rest in. By the time I get to the bottom of the glass there appears to be a whitish settlement which I don't drink, not sure what it is.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisited my former review from last year and upped the overall score. This batch has a much more peppery, bitter citrus bite on the backside, more alcohol presence with some heat, and I swear some Mosaic hop character. Much better than I remember it and enjoying this batch way more.

A - Pours a medium to medium dark copper hue with a generously thick layer of light toffee colored creamy, sticky foam. Very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Juicy, fruity aroma with a touch of caramel at presence.

T - More balanced than anything, caramel malt base throughout with a hit of sweetness up front before getting buried with pink grapefruit and pine bitterness that lingers. The ending bitter bite packs a healthy punch, and has a slightly unrefined harshness on the back end. The 8+% ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium body with a dry finish.

O - Very balanced up front and very bitter on the back end.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Luca in Lancaster, PA. Pours a fairly clear golden amber with a thin off white head. Initial impression favors the caramel malts, with grapefruit and orange taking a back seat. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly clean; carbonation is perfect. Finish is malty and predominantly sweet, although with citrus notes. Overall, enjoyable and very drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saint Boniface Craft Brewing Co. "Libation"
12 fl. oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Appearance: Hazy deep-gold/amber body beneath a creamy head of white. Decent enough head retention and OK lacing until it drops, then nothing.

Aroma: Grainy malt with grassy/leafy and fruity/citrusy hops.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests. Lots of orange in the mix, but also apple and a bit of grapefruit. Tea-like and leafy/grassy but also a touch spruce-like. Some clear alcohol lends a bite - it's a touch harsh. It has a balanced, solid bitterness given the malt component, and it finishes dry with a spritz of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body and crisp.

Overall: There are better made and better balanced double IPAs out there, as well as ones that move away from "formulaic" or "cookie-cutter", but this is by no means bad in any way. It lets you know it's a double IPA from start to finish, and it delivers the goods. The word serviceable comes to mind but I think it may be even better than that.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp 12 oz can into a snifter. The beer pours a clear copper hue with a fizzy eggshell white head foaming up about 1 cm and fades to a thin edge layer with one wispy island. A few lazy streams of carbonation rise to the surface.
aroma is a bit of pine sap and some grapefruit, maybe a bit of tropical fruit too. An interesting nose with a bit of booze buried, but otherwise hop forward scents.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine carbonation that gently rolls across my palate.
Texture is smooth and a little chewy adding to the experience of a bold robust beer.
Flavor is some caramel and toffee up front but this rolls to a bit of biscuit and then is all hops. I get tropical fruit and then some pine sap and a lingering bit of grapefruit rind. Finish is also dry and makes me thirsty for the next sip. I dont get any of the booze that i detected on the nose.
The beer does drink fairly easy and is enjoyable. A well crafted and slightly sneaky Double IPA.
Glad I have several more cans in the cellar.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up this particular CAN during the release party at The Fridge. I rarely retain my spent CANs, giving the bulk of them to Jeff Lebo over in York County for his House of CANs collection. It's a CANQuest (tm) thing that not everyone will understand. In this case, it is signed by the brewers and will be going up on my kitchen shelf.

From the CAN: "Nicht Lang Schnacken, Kopf In Nacken! Stop Talking, Start Drinking!"; "Convert the Masses"; "In ancient times libations were drink offerings poured out to deities. This Double IPA combines a variety of hop flavors balanced by a malty sweetness. We offer you our Libation, a drink truly fit for the gods."

The Crack! seemed really loud and so it was time to celebrate with a Glug. This produced a finger of foamy, tawny head with minimal retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a definite tropical fruit bent with notes of mango and papaya at the forefront. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really sweet for the style with the tropical fruits really shining in the mouth. I mention this because I earlier reviewed a DIPA that wanted to challenge its CANsumer where this came off as more mellow. That is not to downplay its alcohol, which was barely masked by the hops. This combination of hops and alcohol made for a very dry finish that left me literally breathless. It was one of those no-playin'-around beers, but not an in-your-face ones.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small, narrow glass: color is copper, head is light tan presents about 1 inch thick with mixture of bubble sizes; leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is fairly malty, then resinous with a blend of mango and pine. Malt aromas are caramel like with some toast.

Taste is a little sweet for the DIPA style, but not cloying just more toasted malt sweetness; hops are blend of resinous pine and mangos.

Mouthfeel is bitter with some of the sweet malt flavor lingering, very dry bitterness but not balanced/complimentary for the beer.

Overall a good hoppy/malty beer that may be better enjoyed fresh from the tap.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DIM
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Canned 9-29

re-review because this tasted a good bit better than I recall. Still plenty of raw bitterness and heat, but with the addition of more citrus and a hint of tropical fruit. Very good local option, generally available very fresh.


Canned two weeks ago, nice and fresh.

Dark, coppery golden color; this poured with a thick, creamy head.

Abrasive aroma, in both good and bad ways. Plenty of pungent, pithy grapefruit balanced by some bracing caramel and a too strong solventy alcohol note.

Taste follows the smell except that the grapefruit is less prevalent and the alcohol more noticeable. Not bad overall, but I don't see a repeat purchase happening.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft served chilled and allowed to slowly warm.

The color is pale -golden with accents of amber with full thick crown of cream colored head with good retention. The smell is nice but not strong with more herbal aromas from the hops and mild floral sweetness in the scent. The feel is semi-dry with lots of resinous texture and moderate bitterness. I found it had a nice mellow sweetness level to anchor all the hop astringency and balance slightly -there is very mild alcohol which I only noticed when I took a larger gulp.

The flavor is very tangy with astringent hop leaning toward the lemony and herbal rather than citrus or pine, the malt gives a slight sugar tinge and coats the mouth as the resinous grassy hop flavor surround my taste buds, plenty of hop bitterness but not so much that it is a palate wrecking flavor, you are still able to get both malt and hops out of this Imperial IPA. I enjoyed this multiple times and found it needed a little time to open up as it seemed tame at first, but grew in complexity slightly toward the end. I prefer I dry west coast style Imperial IPA, but this one is a decent tasting and drinkable example I recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.52/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery. Enjoyed my sample a lot more of draft than this instance.

Pours a sediment ridden dark golden amber with a creamy, retentive head. Nose is soapy, medicinal and slightly bitter. Flavor starts off like a nice DIPA actually, balance of backing caramel malt with strong citrus hops before a buttery, vanilla sweet finish. Eek. I'll rereview when I don't have a funky bottle.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Genx
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikes19522
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is a classic case of the small unknown guy can't possibly make a better beer than some of the larger more well known guys. I am an IPA fanatic and this is one the best double IPA's I have ever tasted.
I had it on tap at Canal St pub and this beat several other highly ranked beers to my taste. I would place this right up there with Pliny the Elder in terms of quality and taste as well as memorable taste!

Call me crazy but this is one of the only other beers I have tasted and have a solid craving for days later.

It had an intense fruit aroma and was very well balanced. It had a solid hit all the way from first taste to full finish.

One very solid beer.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-14 in Lititz, PA at the Bull's Head

A - Pretty clear orange with a 1-finger head and mild lace.

S - Pale malt, yeast, light citrus and mild hop floral.

T - Moderately roasted and moderately sweet, tart citrus and orange candy, herbal/medicinal, touch of pepper and astingent/lemony bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste balanced by a touch of caramel sweetness.

M - Light-Medium body and light carbonation. Oily and chewy.

O - Not a West Coast IPA. It's more earthy, lemony and astringent.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pkalix
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

super light, opaque, frothy head... sticky and lace-y on the sides.... drinkable but not entirely desirable. heavy malt on the back. barely able to get one of these down.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Snifter. Draft. 08.22.15

A: No effervesce, no head over a darken-rustic orange colored body with a light haze factor. No lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet fruitiness, wet, with some breakfast fruit, finishing out with grapefruity-citrusy floral hops. Light backing of speciality grains adds a light toasted background.

T: Flavor followed the nose a bit, very smooth, sweetly toasted fruitiness, grapes, some semi-dry tropical fruit, as well grapefruit, finishing up with a dry hopping of grassy hops. Flashes of sweet fruitiness mingle with a nice toasty malts and grapefruit-citrus hops blending very well together.

M: Smooth, lightly dry toasted maltiness, lightly carbonated, and easy off the tongue with a decent lingering effect.

O: This is very well balanced, the alcohol (8.5%) not even being a factor here. Being a homebrewer this does have a nice homebrew, small scale quality to it, fresh, clean that i can relate to and reminds me a bit malt and hop wise of something close to Carton or Kane in NJ would make. Very drinkable, and at $4.50 a glass, $12 growlers, $10 crowlers its a wonder how they keep this in stock half the time, Sure to be a local favorite as it is very drinkable. This, as well their Paideia pale ale are the two must try for the hop heads.

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - An active swirling pour yields a voluminous whipped light khaki colored froth comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Rock solid retention... Turns a bit creamier and a bit denser as it settles a bit... The color is a deep dark inviting amber... A light bit of slightly sluggish carbonation rises throughout, but a massive amount of carbonation bubbles are content just to cling to the sides of the glass... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A rich inviting malt base shines through... Loads of graham cracker crust... Caramel... Biscuit... I'm also picking up notes of home brewing wort... A subtle candied sweetness shines through as well... The hops take a distant back seat in terms of aroma and have a muted earthy character about them...

T - The nose provided a wonderful map of what to expect in terms of palate... A bit of malt bomb to start... Pizza crust... Biscuit... Caramel... Graham crackers... Next come some overly ripened fruit notes... Finally emerges some subtle hop bitterness (the hop profile intensifies a bit as this one warms)... The finish produces an ever slight kick of alcohol burn...

F - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Dense... Creamy... Lush... A bit of juiciness... Limited carbonation... The deep finish has a slightly chalky character... Each sip is even and consistent...

O - Outstanding... I love me a solid DIPA that leans towards being a malt bomb of sorts and this one certainly fits the bill... A terrific introduction to St. Boniface... A very well crafted and well round DIPA... Dangerously quaffable hiding its 8.5% ABV rather remarkably...

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-copper color with two fingers of fluffy white head with decent retention.

The scent is of citrus and a light floral aroma.

The taste is of citrus, moderately bitter floral hops, some roated malt, some alcohol is present.

Medium body, smooth and a little dry, moderate carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer, nice flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared crowler at ASMF.
West Coast style DIPA with a fruity and floral aroma.
Smooth body with a bit of hop bite from the extravagant hop load.
Strong floral hop flavor in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious dating that I can see.

Dark amber body, bronze and rusted color looking, with some good amount of carbonation, much rising quickly up through the body. Head creation is off yellow an easy controlled three finger head, with a small swiss cheese bubble and good retention.

Neat aroma. Mix of good balance, as the hops while very present don't totally dominate. Brown sugar malt sweetness, treacle, slight molasses but with a lighter touch. Complimenting hops take some unexpected angles, hints of sweet teas, grape, and quite a bit of perfume like florals as well. Very different, but a bit jarring and also unexpected.

Palate manages some solid basics. Light touching faint honey and brown sugar malts, with a nice oily compliment hop almost juiced tea in the mid palate. Finishes with lots of leafy green tea aromas on the swallow. Nice mellow aromatic hop angle, going for simple classics instead of citrus bombing with real good compliment to the malt.

A real good simple DIPA and well made.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Libation from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 141 ratings